Tommy was one such fellow. He always got on really well with all the Irish lads at shows, and I've been a massive fan of his work for years. I actually have a beautiful Indiana Jones original that Tommy did for Lucasfilm ('Twas a wedding gift from Dec Shalvey and Will Sliney, gentlemen both) hanging on my bedroom wall.
Tommy agreed to join in straight away, said he'd be delighted to help a pal out with a 'sketch' cover.
To say i was ecstatic... well, I was ecstatic. Presently, little snippets of the piece began arriving on tommy's twitter feed (@Tommyleeedwards). Aaand... holy crap.
To say I'm excited about seeing the final piece would be one HELL of a bloody understatement. I mean, man oh man. That brushwork nearly makes me want to weep. I feel such immense gratitude to Tommy (as well as some other as-yet unrevealed cover-buddies) for helping the little guy out like this when they had no real need to. Just to be a pal. Incredible, eh?
THIS is the sense of fun and anticipation that I hoped working on my own book in a genre I adored would bring. I honestly haven't been this giddy about anything since I fell in love with my wife. Whom I would possibly trade for this cover. Just pure JOY.
I'll post the final image once I get it from Tommy. Whooo-boy.